James Renner is an author from the Akron, Ohio area. He wrote a book, "Amy: My Search for Her Killer". For those that do not know, Amy Mihaljevic was a 10-year old girl that was abducted and killed roughly 20 years ago in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Mr. Renner's book, published in 2006, detailed his efforts to find Amy's killer.
In a recent issue (November 2008) of "Scene Magazine", Mr. Renner targets my uncle as Amy's killer. Mr. Renner's conclusion is based on circumstantial evidence. He will not acknowledge or mention three key facts: 1) My uncle passed an FBI-adminstered polygraph test. 2) My uncle provided DNA to law enforcement officials several years ago. 3) My uncle has not been arrested. Law enforcement officials stated there have been "thousands" of suspects. Furthermore, local law enforcement officials were quoted as saying, "his (Mr. Renner's) article does a disservice to the investigation." Mr. Renner will not allow facts to get in the way of a story.
If I were an author, I would make sure I was 100% certain before I accused someone of the most heinous of crimes. I would not say anything if I had any doubt whatsoever about my conclusion. Does Mr. Renner not understand the impact his accusation has on the accused and his family? Regardless, Mr. Renner's recent post to his blog states his indictment of my uncle is mostly circumstantial. He calls anyone that has favorable comments about my uncle a "fan club". Does that sound like a jounalist truly interested in the truth? He has made his decision and is no longer interested in counter points of view. That does not sound like the actions of a person only interested in finding Amy's killer.
Mr. Renner has fingered "prime suspects" previously. Since he has a new one, his previous epiphanies were obviously wrong. His track record would then suggest he has no credibility. His lack of credibility is further supported by there being no arrests of any of his "prime suspects". He continually throws mud against a wall, hoping something eventually sticks. He has now become the little boy that cried wolf.
So what would Mr. Renner's other motives be? He has a book for sale. Any publicity he can garner will certainly increase book sales. Mr. Renner has a clip on his MySpace page where he kisses another man on national television just to get attention. Could Mr. Renner be so intent on seeking attention that he will do or say anything that gets his name and/or likeness in the public eye?
My take: Mr. Renner is a young author/writer/mini-film producer trying to make his mark in the industry. But when you haphazardly injure other people in the process, you lose all credibility. The lack of credibility is a poor resume builder in Mr. Renner's profession.